Drug Prevention

National Programme Drug Prevention

Drug addiction is a major issue faced by our country over many decades.  Surveys have revealed that 1/3 of the earnings of low income people of Sri Lanka is spent on drugs and smoking and that more than 22% of expenditure on health care is incurred in treating those falling sick directly following the addiction of drugs and smoking.

The developed countries have been adopting various measures to minimize the harm caused by addiction of drugs and to prevent non-users from being addicted to drugs when it was demonstrably proved that the addiction of drugs including tobacco and alcohol is bound to have a direct impact on development thereby hindering development process.  It is expected to launch specific programmes on drug prevention at school levels, aimed at accomplishing the said objection.

Objectives:

  • Providing an understanding on the ill-effects of use of alcohol, drugs and smoking
  • Creating a societal responsible future generation
  • Developing knowledge, attitudes and skills related to health promotion and launching necessary activities.

Programmes to be implemented

  1. Conducting awareness programmes
  2. Implementing programmes at school level for drug prevention

Guidelines:

Serial No. Activity Responsibility Supporting Parties
4.1 Conducting Awareness  Programme
  4.1.1. Imparting training as trainers to teachers in charge of Drug Prevention Committee  at district/divisional levels Presidential Secretariat, Ministry of Education National  Dangerous Drugs Control Board
  4.1.2. Raising awareness of students on drug prevention at school level Trained teachers NATA, National  Dangerous Drugs Control Board
  4.1.3. Compilation of a Manual of Instructions on Drug Prevention Presidential Secretariat, Ministry of Education National  Dangerous Drugs Control Board
  4.1.4 Drawing up suitable programmesfor raisingawareness of primary level  students of drugs NATA, Ministry of Education  
  4.1.5 Providing specialized knowledgeon Drug Prevention to all drug preventioncoordinating officers National Dangerous Drug Control Board  
  4.1.6 Raising awareness of teacher trainees in colleges of Education on Drug Prevention Presidential Secretariat, Ministry of Education National  Dangerous Drugs Control Board
  4.1.7 Launching Programmesfor raising awareness of parents on drugs Sustainable Development School Committee National  Dangerous Drugs Control Board
4.2 Implementing Programmes at School Level on Drug Prevention
  4.2.1.

Identifying project for drug prevention at school level or at GramaNiladhari’s Divisionlevel

Drug Prevention  Committee  
 

4.2.2.

4.2.3.

Launching Drug Prevention Programmesin identified sectors

Assisting in Launching of the relevant project

Drug Prevention Committee

Teacher in Charge of Drug Prevention Committee

National Dangerous Drugs Control Board

National Dangerous Drugs Control Board,

Development Officer (per each GramaNiladhari’s Division

  4.2.4. Bringing out  a  magazine for each school team giving publicity to creative works ofschool children on drug prevention Drug Prevention Committee Zonal Director of Education, Principal